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  • Edward Albee
  • Martin Amis
  • Brooke Russell Astor
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • Harold Bloom
  • Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
  • Katherine Boo
  • Ashley Bryan
  • Robert Caro
  • Julia Chang
  • Johnnetta B. Cole
  • Billy Collins
  • James Conlon
  • Junot Díaz
  • Jim Dine
  • Rita Dove
  • Jennifer Egan
  • Nora Ephron
  • Renee Fleming
  • Shelby Foote
  • John Hope Franklin
  • Jonathan Franzen
  • Thomas L. Friedman
  • Gao Xingjian
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Margaret J. Geller
  • Louis V. Gerstner, Jr
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Ethan Hawke
  • Shirley Hazzard
  • Robert Hughes
  • Hilary Knight
  • Tony Kushner
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Paul LeClerc
  • Ming Cho Lee
  • David Levering Lewis
  • Steve Martin
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Audra McDonald
  • Ian McEwan
  • Natalie Merchant
  • Janice Moore-Smith
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan
  • Mike Nichols
  • Orhan Pamuk
  • Gordon Parks
  • Annie Proulx
  • David Remnick
  • John Richardson
  • Jerome Robbins
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Philip Roth
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Stacy Schiff
  • Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Maurice Sendak
  • David Smith
  • Zadie Smith
  • Stephen Sondheim
  • Tom Stoppard
  • Susan Stroman
  • Billy Taylor
  • Julie Taymor
  • James D. Watson
  • Christopher Wheeldon
  • Elie Wiesel
  • Isabel Wilkerson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • George C. Wolfe
  • Charles Wright

2013 Library Lions Pictured left to right: Tony Marx, Stephen Sondheim, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Marilynne Robinson, Katherine Boo, and Junot Díaz

2012 Library Lions Pictured left to right: Tony Marx, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Martin Amis, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Jennifer Egan

 David Smith, Annie Proulx, Janice Moore-Smith, Paul LeClerc, Julia Chang, and Hilary Knight
2009 Library Lions Pictured left to right: David Smith, Annie Proulx, Janice Moore-Smith, Paul LeClerc, Julia Chang, and Hilary Knight

 Ashley Bryan, Nora Ephron, Edward Albee, and Salman Rushdie
2008 Honorees Pictured left to right: Ashley Bryan, Nora Ephron, Edward Albee, and Salman Rushdie

 Martin Scorsese, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tom Stoppard, and John Hope Franklin
2007 Honorees Pictured left to right: Martin Scorsese, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tom Stoppard, and John Hope Franklin